The George R.R. Martin Quiz


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You may know a lot about this author's books or the television series his work inspired, but how much do you know about George R.R. Martin? Take this quiz to find out!

When was author George R.R. Martin born?

Martin was born Sept. 20, 1948, to Raymond and Margaret Martin.


Where did Martin grow up?

Martin grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey.


True or false: Martin is the youngest of three siblings.

George R.R. Martin is the oldest of three Martin siblings. Martin has two younger sisters: Darleen Martin Lipinski and Janet Martin Patten.


What do the initials R.R. stand for in George R.R. Martin's name?

The initials stand for Raymond Richard.


When did Martin begin writing fiction?

He began writing fiction in elementary school. Martin wrote and sold monster stories to children in his neighborhood.


Which high school did Martin attend?

Martin attended Marist High School in New Jersey. At the time, Marist was a private Catholic college preparatory school for boys.


From which university did Martin receive a bachelor's degree and master's degree in journalism?

Martin received both degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.


What year did Martin earn a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University?

Martin earned the degree in 1971.


During which war was Martin a conscientious objector?

Martin was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. A conscientious objector is opposed to bearing arms or serving in the military based on moral or religious beliefs. Conscientious objectors are placed in noncombat roles through the Alternative Service Program.


During which years did Martin perform his alternative service?

Martin performed his alternative service as a conscientious objector from 1972-74. Martin worked as a volunteer for the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation in Illinois.


What type of tournaments did the author Martin direct in the 1970s?

From 1973-76, Martin directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association.


Which college course did Martin teach in the late 1970s?

Martin taught journalism at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-78.


What year was Martin first married?

Martin married his first wife, Gale Burnick, in 1975.


What was the title of Martin's first published work?

Martin's first published work was "The Hero."


How old was Martin when "The Hero" was published?

Martin was 21 years old when "The Hero" was published.


True or false: Galaxy Magazine published George R. R. Martin's short story "The Hero."

Galaxy Magazine published "The Hero" in 1970. Galaxy was an American science fiction magazine that was published from 1950-80.


Which year was Martin's collection of short stories, "A Song for Lya and Other Stories," published?

The collection was originally published by Avon in 1976 but has been reprinted by other publishers since.


What is the title of Martin's debut novel?

"Dying of the Light" was nominated for the Hugo Award for best novel.


When was "Dying of the Light" published?

"Dying of the Light" was published by Simon & Schuster in 1977.


When did Martin and Gale Burnick divorce?

Martin and Burnick divorced in 1979. The couple had no children.


For which televised science fiction series was Martin an editor?

In 1986, Martin was a story editor for the CBS science fiction television series "The Twilight Zone."


Which CBS television series did Martin work on from 1987-89?

"Beauty and the Beast" aired from 1987-90.


Martin started on the series "Beauty and the Beast" as an executive story consultant, but what position did he hold when he left the series?

Martin was co-supervising producer when he left the series "Beauty and the Beast" in 1989.


Martin was the writer and executive producer of which science fiction television movie?

Martin was the writer and executive producer of the television movie "Doorways." The Columbia Pictures Television science fiction movie was used as the framework for the series "Sliders."


What is the name of Martin's popular series of fantasy novels?

The TV show "Game of Thrones" is based on "A Song of Ice and Fire."


When was the first novel of the series "A Song of Ice and Fire" published?

"A Game of Thrones" is the first book in the series "A Song of Ice and Fire." It was originally published in 1996 by Bantam Books.


When were Martin and his current wife, Parris McBride, married?

Martin and McBride were married on Feb. 15, 2011.


Which network airs the popular television series "Game of Thrones"?

HBO began airing "Game of Thrones" in 2011.


True or false: In 2013, Martin opened a movie theater.

In 2013, Martin opened the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Where does Martin live?

Martin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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